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Man admits murdering ex-partner

Marc Chivers
Marc Chivers changed his plea to guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court

A 42-year-old man has admitted the murder of his former partner whose body was found at her home in Essex.

Marc Chivers, of Pitfield, Essex, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court to killing 50-year-old Maria Stubbings.

A week before she was killed she had reported a burglary to Essex Police and expressed concerns to officers about her safety.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is currently investigating.

Det Supt John Quinton, senior investigating officer at Essex Police, said: "Marc Chivers killed his ex-partner, Maria Stubbings, in cold blood.

He showed no respect at all for the woman with whom he had a recent previous relationship
Det Supt John Quinton

"He then left her concealed body in a downstairs toilet covering her with coats and other household items.

"He showed no respect at all for the woman with whom he had a recent previous relationship.

"Chivers' guilty plea saves Maria's family, friends, neighbours and other witnesses the agony of a trial reliving the events of last December and means he has finally accepted his responsibility for Maria's untimely death.

"While nothing will bring Maria back, I hope the outcome of this investigation culminating in his admission of guilt at court today will allow them some closure and help them to move on with their lives."

Chivers will be sentenced on 14 December.



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